Belamcanda chinensis Freckle Face

Available late May

Photo of Belamacanda 'Freckle Face' courtesy of Walters Gardens

Blackberry Lily

Belamcanda 'Freckle Face' is a unique perennial that produces a profusion of 5 cm, brilliant orange blossoms with heavy red speckling and shading on each of the six overlapping petals. They are produced atop mid-sized plants with green, sword-shaped foliage like that of a tall bearded iris. However unlike tall bearded iris the foliage remains attractive throughout the season. Belamcanda blooms for weeks in late summer, and its season of interest is extended into fall with the interesting seed pods which develop. Tan, pear-shaped pods burst open to reveal clusters of black seeds resembling blackberries, hence the common name. They are persistant thru the winter and are attractive in fresh or dried flower arrangements.

  • Height: 46-61 cm (18-24 in)
  • Spread: 20-30 cm (8-12 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4-9
  • Sun or Shade: minimum 6 hours of direct sun
  • Bloom Time: late summer
  • Leaf Colour: green
  • Bloom Colour: bright orange
  • Nature Attraction: butterflies

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Plant Belamcanda in full sun and well-drained soil. It especially detests soil that is wet in winter. This plant varies in height depending on the soil conditions. When grown in poor, dry soil, the height of the flower stalks will be about 61 cms. However, if the soil is rich and moist, they can grow up to 1 meter tall and will require staking. A winter mulch is recommended in our area. For best results, divide in early spring.